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Why Restaurants Should Go Green

Posted in bagasse,biodegradable,compostable,disposable tableware,eco-friendly,organic by primeware on July 27, 2010

The restaurant industry is one accustom to wastefulness. Styrofoam, plastic, and immense amounts of trash have been part of their operating systems for years. But this is the 21st century, and people are beginning to realize that its time to start taking care of our planet. So, slowly but surely the industry with the biggest carbon footprint is making a turn for the greener.

There are many ways to go about going green. Cutting down on water and electricity use is very simple and it doesn’t cost a thing. In fact, it saves money. Another thing that is fairly simple is to separate the recycling into three different categories: cardboard, glass, and cans. It is important to separate them because they are recycled differently and some recycling centers don’t separate them properly. Another way to go green isn’t just about the restaurants though, it’s also about the customers. Styrofoam to-go containers have ruled the industry and polluted our planet for as long as most of us can remember, but there are now other options!

Many restaurants have chosen to go green with their to-go containers: replacing plastic and Styrofoam with more eco-friendly options. Companies like PrimeWare are helping restaurants go green with their biodegradable and compostable disposable tableware. PrimeWare’s line includes plates, platters, hinged-lid containers, bowls, and trays all made from bagasse, which is a byproduct of the sugarcane refining process. Their line of cup carriers is made from 100% recycled materials.

The United Sates has nearly one million restaurants. The average restaurant produces 100,000 pounds of trash per year. Even if all restaurants did was make the change from Styrofoam to biodegradable and compostable to-go containers, it would make a huge difference. Going green is now easier than ever, and there is no time like the present. Happy greening!

Have you noticed any of your favorite restaurants making changes to become greener? Do you have any ideas about how restaurants can go green? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you : )

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“Natural” Beauty Care Product Labels

As is evident from the last blog post, advertisers can get pretty tricky when it comes to “green” terminology. This goes for everything – food, disposable tableware (hey, that’s us!), household cleaning products, and even beauty care and cosmetic products. The labels on these products are not easy to figure out, and it can be tough to figure out if products are truly as “green” as they claim to be. But don’t worry, help has arrived! Here are some helpful hints to help you figure out what you’re really getting with “green” beauty products.

1. Start reading ingredient labels. This is definitely tough at first, because beauty products are chock full of ingredients with crazy confusing chemical names. However, there are many great sources out there to help you figure it all out. For these sources, click here and read this blog.

2. The word “natural” doesn’t mean what you think it does. Many people are drawn towards products with so-called “green” words on their labels. Natural is one of these words. Just because a product claims to be natural, does not mean that it is.

3. Natural does not mean organic. Natural just means that the product or some ingredients within the product are naturally derived. Organic, however, means that something was grown under eco-friendly, sustainable conditions. It’s worth noting that while labels may claim that certain ingredients are organic, that does not mean that the entire product is organic.

4. Third party certifications are a good thing. When you see organic food in the grocery store, in order for it to call itself truly organic, it must have the USDA organic seal. A product must contain 95% organic material in order to gain this seal, and there are strict restrictions on what can go into the other 5%. So looking out for the USDA organic seal doesn’t just apply to your food anymore, it also now applies to your beauty and personal care products.

5. Look out for certain ingredients! For a list of ingredients to look out for (because they’re not allowed in the 5% of non-organic products) click here.

So next time you need a new foundation or facewash, think about taking the “natrual” route! : )

What organic products do you like to use? Do you think they work as well as non-organic personal products? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you!

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Green Product Labeling

We all know that when it comes to green product labeling, companies can get pretty shady. Many companies throw words on their product labeling that will hopefully catch the eyes of someone trying to green up their act a bit. “Organic,” “biodegradable,” “compostable,” “pure,” are just some of the many words that companies use to fool customers into buying their products that may not be as green as they claim. Companies are able to do this because there are not many restrictions on green product labeling because it is such a new area that the government has not yet put restrictions on what can and cannot be said.

It is hard to know if companies are being truthful in their labeling of supposedly “green” products. The only way to make sure that you’re making informed decisions is to educate yourself. The website and others like it review all kinds of green products and rate them based on a comprehensive rating system.

Going green doesn’t have to be hard, in fact, it is pretty darn easy! It does take a little extra work, and maybe even a little research, but it’s your earth, and it’s worth it!

For a funny, insightful outlook on the broken green labeling system and how to fix it, click here.

What do you think about green product labeling? Should companies be allowed to say whatever they want as long as there are not legal restrictions? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you : )

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What Green Consumers Really Want

Making the decision to go green is tough, and once you do make that decision, it can get pretty overwhelming, not to mention expensive. Times are tough right now, and buying an eco-friendly pair of jeans and a brand new Prius aren’t really options for most of us. However, just because you can’t do everything, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still do something. Perhaps the best way for people to start going green is to pick one area to begin, such as all eco-friendly cleaning products, or becoming a recycling stickler. Baby steps are the easiest way to begin any new venture in life, including going green! So don’t be overwhelmed. Start small and work your way up : )

For more information on green consumerism, watch this video.

Do you have any ideas about easy ways to go green? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you : )

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